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Ira Mayo

Female Clients Continue To Cause Trouble for Attorney

Isaac Avilucea | September 2, 2014

Earlier this summer, Torrington attorney Ira Mayo made headlines when he was hit with an unusual punishment: he could never again represent female clients.

Guest Commentary: Political Correctness Runs Amok

By James B. Lyon |

According to Wikipedia, the term "political correctness" refers to enforced language, ideas or policies that address perceived discrimination against political, social or economic groups.

Bingham Lawyers Absorbed in Merger

By Jay Stapleton |

Nearly all of the attorneys in Bingham McCutchen's Hartford office will be absorbed by Morgan, Lewis & Bockius by the end of November, with more than 25 lawyers making the move to Morgan Lewis.

Judge Strikes Down Worker's Whistleblower Complaint

By Christian Nolan |

A decision by a Superior Court judge may bring some clarity to the state's whistleblower statute.

Father Pleads Not Guilty in Son's Hot Car Death

By Law Tribune and Staff Reports |

A Connecticut father charged with causing his 15-month-old son's death by leaving him in the car for hours on a hot July day has pleaded not guilty.

Lawyer's Writings Raise GOP Ire, Nearly Scuttle Judicial Nomination

By Christian Nolan and Paul Sussman |

After New Haven Corporation Counsel Victor Bolden was confirmed as a Connecticut federal judge on Nov. 20, his supporters spoke of him in glowing terms.

New Haven's Bolden Confirmed as Federal Judge


New Haven Corporation Counsel Victor Bolden was narrowly confirmed on Thursday, Nov. 20, for a judgeship on the U.S. District Court in Connecticut.

Bingham Disappears From Conn. As International Firm Swoops In

By Jay Stapleton |

Nearly all of the Hartford office of Bingham McCutchen will be absorbed by Morgan, Lewis & Bockius by the end of the month, with more than 25 lawyers making the move to Morgan Lewis.

A Gun Control Law That's Right on Target

What should happen when a person in possession of a firearm tells a family member or a counselor that he intends to shoot himself or someone else?

The Passing of A Giant

We mourn the passing of one of Connecticut's greatest citizens and a giant of the bench and bar. Judge John T. Downey died Nov. 17 at the age of 84

Stephen Murphy

Ruling Limits Homeowner Liability for Clearing Snowy Sidewalks

By Christian Nolan |

The Connecticut Supreme Court has upheld a trial judge's decision to toss out an injured Enfield woman's lawsuit against a neighbor whom the woman said was responsible for shoveling snow and ice on the public sidewalk near their home.


Norm Pattis: No Need to Stew Over Heart Attack Scare

By Norm Pattis |

I was hoping to avoid the need to make this sordid confession, but Mark DuBois, former chief disciplinary counsel, now bar president and fellow Law Tribune columnist, makes it necessary. He referred the other day to my fear of having had a heart attack.

Conn. Electric Provider Faces $50 Million Class Action

By Jay Stapleton |

A Connecticut energy company faces a potential class action from consumers who are upset that their electric bills have gone up instead of down. The claim against Middlebury-based Starion Energy seeks $50 million.

ADA Lawsuit Demands Audio Recordings From Courts

By Isaac Avilucea |

The state Judicial Branch might need some aspirin—in addition to help from the Attorney General's Office—to defend it from a lawsuit filed by an East Lyme man who is suing because he says he suffers from debilitating headaches.

Law Firm Owner Arrested in Prostitution Sting

By Law Tribune Staff |

The head of a small criminal defense and personal injury law firm was among six people arrested Nov. 14 in an undercover prostitution sting in Southington.

Two More Well-Known Former Judges Pass Away

By Paul Sussman |

Judge Joseph Steinberg was perhaps known mostly for his work outside the courtroom, serving as a moderator for a Connecticut Public Television program. Judge John Maiocco Jr., meanwhile, also had an interesting non-legal career, serving in Bridgeport city politics and in the legislature before presiding for more than 30 years over criminal and civil cases in a Bridgeport courthouse.

Jury Returns $640,000 Verdict in High-Profile S&M Case

By Isaac Avilucea |

The estate of a disabled woman involved in a sadomasochistic relationship with a man she met online has been awarded nearly $640,000 by a jury following a lengthy trial. With offer of compromise interest added, the family of Caroline Kendall Kortner will receive more than $935,000.

Conn. Judge Passes Away, Spent 20 Years as Cold War Prisoner

By Jay Stapleton |

Judge John Downey got a late start on his legal career, with good reason. As a CIA agent, he had been held for 20 years in a Chinese prison. On Monday, state officials recalled both Downey's legal career and his service to his country on learning of his death at 84.

Survey: Conn. Leads Nation in Providing Court Access

By Jay Stapleton |

When it comes to providing improved access to the courts for people with disabilities or who speak languages other than English, Connecticut is at the top of the list.


Mark Dubois: Aging Attorneys Taking Toll on Legal Profession

By Mark Dubois |

Much of lawyering is a young person's game.

Court Orders License Suspension of Convicted Attorney

By Isaac Avilucea |

Seymour attorney Ralph Crozier, who was convicted in September on money-laundering charges, will have his law license suspended at the beginning of December, according to a court order issued on Nov. 13.

New Hires Boost Ranks at Conn. U.S. Attorney's Office

By Isaac Avilucea |

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Connecticut has hired seven attorneys, including the newest arrival, U.S. Assistant Attorney Avi Perry, since lifting an employment freeze earlier this year. Avi, a former associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York, started working in the office's financial fraud and public corruption unit on Nov. 17.

Amaris Elliott-Engel

Opinion: Lawyers Should Join Fight for Access to Information

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

For the past year, my byline has appeared in the Connecticut Law Tribune atop freelance news articles. But this time, I'm writing to discuss how the day job I've held for the last 14 months exemplifies how lawyers can use their law degrees without working for traditional legal practices.

Bruce Elstein

Conn. Medical Records Ruling Could Have Widespread Impact

By Jay Stapleton |

In a first-of-its-kind decision in the state, the Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that patients can bring negligence lawsuits against health care providers that violate federal privacy regulations.

Indignant Attorney Appeals 20-Day Suspension

By Isaac Avilucea |

New Haven defense attorney John Williams has appealed a decision to suspend his law license for 20 days.

Plaintiff Who Endured Beating While Defending Women Awarded $300,000

By Isaac Avilucea |

A young man who claimed he was attacked by four men while walking along an usually quiet bike path near the University of Connecticut campus in Storrs recently was awarded more than $320,000 in damages.

Threats Against Conn. Judges Lead to Indictment

By Isaac Avilucea |

A South Florida man charged in September with sending threatening letters to Connecticut officials and residents finally faced a federal judge this week in Hartford.

Editorial: A Welcome Decision Regarding Foreclosures

A decision released this past summer by the Connecticut Appellate Court, CitiMortgage v. Rey, No. AC 35539 (June 3, 2014), makes for a fairly dry read, but it's important and may materially alter the playing field between mortgage lenders and borrowers.

Feuding Former Partners Go to Court Over Firm Finances

By Jay Stapleton |

Although it's not unusual for disputes to arise when law firm partners part ways, the disintegration of a Stamford firm has been described as "particularly troublesome" by a Superior Court judge who granted a prejudgment remedy to one of the former partners.

James Sullivan

State Launches Another Attempt to Disbar Torrington Lawyer

By Isaac Avilucea |

State disciplinary officials are not waiting for a Superior Court judge to make a final decision on whether suspended Torrington attorney Ira Mayo should be disbarred for allegedly violating an agreement not to represent female clients.

Knife Fight Between Cousins Results In $100,000 Verdict

By Isaac Avilucea |

A spat between relatives at a gas station in Waterbury could have been deadly. Instead, it has become legal dead weight – Vern Campbell likely won't "collect a dime" of the $100,766 owed to him by his assailant and cousin, Thomas Pelkey.

Paul Rubin

Attorney Finds Novel Way to Sue Nightclub

By Jay Stapleton |

When someone gets roughed up by a bouncer at a nightclub on a Friday night, the first thing that goes through their mind is probably not that they might have a claim under the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act.


Norm Pattis: Courts Should Hire 'People's Advocates' to Aid Pro Ses

By Norm Pattis |

I don't get out much, and when I do, I generally misbehave—a sign of congenital insecurity.

Appellate Court OKs New DNA Tests on Old Evidence

By Paul Sussman and Christian Nolan |

In 1986, before the dawn of the DNA testing era in Connecticut, police took a saliva sample from a man suspected in a Wallingford murder. In 2009, the same sample was tested again, this time using modern DNA methods.

Lawyer's Husband Indicted in Baby's Hot Car Death


More than four months after Kyle Seitz mistakenly left his son in a hot car outside the parking lot of his work, he has been charged with a single misdemeanor count of negligent homicide.

Conn. Supreme Court HIPAA Decision Likely to Spawn More Litigation

By Jay Stapleton |

In a first-of-its-kind decision in the state, the Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that patients can bring negligence lawsuits against health care providers that violate federal privacy regulations.

Skakel Settles Defamation Case Against Oft-Sued TV Host

By Isaac Avilucea |

There was a time when criminal justice talk show host Nancy Grace was almost "suit-proof," legal experts said. But that's no longer the case, as more targets of the former Georgia prosecutor are coming forward to challenge Grace's on-air accusations.

Conn. Firm Adds Three New Attorneys To Ranks

By Jay Stapleton |

Reid and Riege, which has offices in Hartford and New Haven, has added three attorneys to its staff of roughly 50 professionals. The new attorneys, all associates, will bolster the firm's business law, estate planning and litigation practice areas.


Mark Dubois: Law Books Are Fighting a Losing Battle

By Mark Dubois |

I saw the other day that when New York firm Kaye Scholer recently moved to a new office it jettisoned 95 percent of its law library. The reason given was that most lawyers use electronic resources; the books took up valuable space, and were only occasionally used as a backdrop for Super Lawyer photos but for little else. Goodness, what a changed world!

Kevin Reynolds

Dozens of Attorneys Kept Close Watch Over Conn. Polling Places

By Jay Stapleton and Isaac Avilucea |

As the sun came up on Election Day and bleary-eyed voters began to make their way to polling locations throughout Connecticut, dozens of lawyers were waiting.

April Arrasate

Mother's Illness Transforms Lawyer Into Marijuana Business Executive

By Jay Stapleton |

For Simsbury lawyer April Arrasate, getting involved in the new medical marijuana industry in Connecticut was very personal.

Suspended High School Student Files Suit Over Sealed Arrest Report

By Associated Press |

The family of a Connecticut high school student is suing the Waterbury school district and several school officials in federal court saying it improperly used a sealed juvenile arrest report to suspend him from school in August and start expulsion proceedings.

Jonathan Einhorn

Lawsuit Claims Restaurant Owner Threatened Worker with Knife

By Isaac Avilucea |

Some people dread going to work. But a cook employed by a Westbrook seafood chain says that dread has turned to "incapacitating fear" of his former boss after he says the owner of Off the Hook Bar and Grill threatened him with a knife on at least a half dozen occasions.

Jennifer M. Horn

Bridging the Gap Between Design and Construction

By Jennifer M. Horn |

The adoption of building information modeling, or BIM, on construction projects has increased substantially in recent years. BIM, a collaborative, three-dimensional building modeling platform, promises to bridge the gap between design and construction while conveying a distinct competitive advantage to those who use it well.


Persuade Clients That Its Good to Go Green

By Daniel Clearfield and Sarah Stoner |

Helping clients understand the potential for saving money by investing in alternative energy projects has the potential to get you on that "greatest lawyer" list—if you know where to look for the savings. Remember, alternative energy options are not just restricted to rooftop solar or a wind turbine.

Richard C. Robinson

A Key Decision on Delay-Causing Conduct

By Richard C. Robinson |

Contractor delay claims can spell disaster for project owners. Not only do they bust budgets, but they can threaten the owner's existence. Consequently, owners seek no-damages-for-delay (NDFD) clauses in their construction contracts to shift the risk of their own delay-causing conduct to the contractor.

Lee Hoffman

Courts, Agencies Bring Wind Generation to Conn.

By Lee D. Hoffman |

The last three years have been a revolutionary time for Connecticut's renewable energy landscape.


State Energy Strategy Includes Boost for Natural Gas

By Matthew Hallisey and Matthew Ranelli |

In August, Gov. Dannell Malloy joined officials from the town of Wilton and representatives of Yankee Gas to announce the start of a natural gas expansion project in the town. The project, which will take place over several months, involves the installation of a 3.5-mile underground pipeline along existing roads to connect gas to Wilton's downtown business district, municipal buildings and several schools.


EPA Proposal Raises Concerns About Electricity Supply

By Brian C. Freeman and Alexander W. Judd |

As winter approaches, residents in Connecticut and throughout New England remember the polar vortex of 2013, and face concerns over rising electric prices. One of the factors contributing to the price of electricity is the reliability of power plants, also known as electric generating units (EGUs).

M. Anne Peters

State Energy Policy Affects Environmental Justice

By M. Anne Peters |

Last December marked the 20th anniversary of Connecticut's Environmental Justice Policy, the fifth year of Connecticut's Environmental Justice Program (collectively referred to as EJ) and the first year of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection's Comprehensive Energy Strategy for Connecticut (ES).


Construction Dispute Leads to 'Active Interference' Ruling

By Douglas M. Poulin and Rory M. Farrell |

In C&H Electric v. Town of Bethel, 312 Conn. 843 (2014), the Connecticut Supreme Court held that proving "active interference" on the part of an owner so as to avoid the effect of a "no damage for delay" clause did not require a contractor to show that the owner had acted in bad faith.


Contracts Critical for Successful Renewable Energy Projects

By Michael J. Donnelly and Paul R. Michaud |

In 2011, the Connecticut legislature passed a groundbreaking renewable provision that, among other things, created a $1 billion contract-based incentive program intended to create the development of renewable-energy-based energy generation such as solar, wind, small hydro and fuel cell projects in Connecticut.


BP Oil Spill Raises Drilling Insurance Issues

By Tracy Alan Saxe and Celia B. Keniry |

In September, the Texas Supreme Court heard oral arguments from BP and Transocean Ltd. on two certified questions from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. One of the questions concerns whether a narrow indemnity agreement in a drilling service contract, which excludes liability for underwater pollution, limits the broad language used in an additional insured provision in an insurance policy.

Court Says Retaliation Claim Against Police Can Proceed

By Mark Hamblett |

Police and city officials cannot be shielded by qualified immunity in a case where a New London man claims he lost a city contract for security services in retaliation for suing the police department, a federal appeals has ruled.

Glenn Falk

Prospective Juror's Odd Answer Sends Case to Supreme Court

By Christian Nolan |

The African-American woman known as C.D. in court records was filling out the questionnaire given to prospective jurors. She got to the question about what race she belonged to. She wrote "human."

Probate Elections Yield Nine New Judges

By Christian Nolan |

Their races may have taken a back seat to contests for governor, but nine new probate judges won election on Nov. 4 and will replace longtime incumbents come January.

Second Circuit Upholds Tribal Leader's Conviction

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

Michael Thomas had a reputation as a "tireless and effective advocate" for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, and he rose to president of the tribal council, a position he held for nine years, despite a difficult childhood. But now, with his conviction recently upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Thomas will spend 18 months in federal prison for embezzling more than $100,000 in tribal funds.

Xavier Pryor

Bike Rider Awarded $800,000 After Collision With Pickup

By Christian Nolan |

A man who injured his back after his bicycle collided with a pickup truck was recently awarded nearly $800,000 by a Hartford jury.


Mark Dubois: White Teeth, LegalZoom and Antitrust Issues in the Legal Market

By Mark Dubois |

The U.S. Supreme Court heard the North Carolina teeth-whitening case a few weeks ago.

Judge Patrick Carroll

Commentary: To Protect Privacy, State to Keep Family Court E-Filings Off Internet

By Patrick L. Carroll III |

In a column in the Nov. 4 edition of the Connecticut Law Tribune ("The Perils of E-Filing in Family Cases"), Westport attorney Eric Broder assumes that documents filed electronically in family cases will be publicly available on the Internet. This assumption is incorrect.

George Jepsen

Victorious AG Jepsen Sets Priorities for Second Term

By Jay Stapleton |

After winning a clear victory in Tuesday's election, Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen said he will focus on data privacy protection and health care regulations at the beginning of his second term.

Attorney Convicted of Money Laundering Wants to Delay Sentencing

By Isaac Avilucea |

Convicted Seymour attorney Ralph Crozier said he is not trying to "delay justice" by asking a judge to push back sentencing on a recent money-laundering conviction until next year.

Federal Judge Tells Repo Man To Mind His Manners

By Jay Stapleton |

When the repo man shows up to take a car from a borrower behind in their payments, he better be polite to everyone—even those who have no ownership of the vehicle being repossessed.

Courtroom's Lack of DVD Player Sends Case to Supreme Court

By Christian Nolan |

A trial judge did nothing wrong when he ruled that if jurors wanted to review a video of an alleged crime, they needed to do so in the courtroom and not the jury room, the Connecticut Supreme Court has concluded.

For Second Time in Four Years, Governor’s Race Spills into Courtroom

By Isaac Avilucea |

There was a lot of high-powered legal help in a Hartford courtroom on Nov. 4, as a Connecticut gubenatorial election spilled into the legal arena for a second straight time.


Norm Pattis: Lamenting the Loss of a Provocative Facebook Friend

By Norm Pattis |

A friend of mine disappeared the other day. Vanished. A raucous and loud voice present one day, and then gone the next. Now that she is gone, I wonder whether she existed at all. I met her, laughed with her, and never really met her at all, on Facebook.

After Long Hearing, Judge Extends Voting Time At A Few Hartford Polls


Hartford Superior Court Judge Carl Schuman ordered two Hartford polling places to stay open until 8:30 p.m. on Election Night, or 30 minutes later than the normal 8 p.m. closing time.

Second Circuit Rules Against Police in Dog Killing Case

By Christian Nolan |

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ruled that Hartford police officers violated the constitutional rights of a family when they entered their yard without a warrant and shot a large Saint Bernard dog in front of a 12-year-old girl.

Angelo Cicchiello

Family of Special Needs Teen Settles Suit for $13,000

By Christian Nolan |

A mother who filed a lawsuit against the town of East Hartford after her daughter with special needs was allegedly assaulted on the school bus by a school employee will receive $13,000 in a settlement with town officials.

Commentary: The Perils of E-Filing in Family Law Cases

By Eric Broder |

Effective in December, e-filing in family law cases will make this process much simpler. A click of the mouse or tap on your phone will yield all of the allegations in every motion, true or not, greatly exposing a family to future harm, ridicule and embarrassment.

Playgirl Model Pursues Harassment Claim, Says Coworkers Ridiculed Him

By Associated Press |

A company that helps businesses handle personnel issues denies it forced one if its employees out of his job after it was discovered he had posed nude in Playgirl magazine.

Hartford Voting Issues Result in Parties Waging Midday Court Battle

By Isaac Avilucea |

Gov. Dannel Malloy has asked a judge to grant an emergency injunction that would give voters an extra hour to cast ballots at Hartford’s polling places after the governor’s campaign said an early-morning snafu “discouraged” people from voting.

Arrested Man Sues State Marshals, Alleges Mistaken Identity

By Isaac Avilucea |

A Shelton man is suing three state marshals in federal court after he says their "outrageous behavior" last year forced him spend to the night in a New Haven jail before a judge ordered him immediately released the next day.

Chase Rogers

Supreme Court Reverses Evidence Tampering Conviction

By Christian Nolan |

A divided state Supreme Court has reversed a tampering with evidence conviction of a man who tried to rob a bank and then tried discarding some of the evidence as police were chasing him.

Robert Mitchell

Female Officers Push Discrimination Claims Against Police Departments

By Jay Stapleton |

A New Britain police sergeant is accused of repeatedly massaging the shoulders of a female officer without her permission and making vulgar comments about her body.

Attorney Fends Off Malpractice Charge As Accuser Defies Deposition Order

By Jay Stapleton |

In a topsy-turvy case that began over three years ago, a lawyer who was sued for malpractice has not only fended off the claims, but has been awarded $405 in attorney fees.

Legal Experts Troubled by State's Ebola Quarantine Rules, Girl's School Ban

By Isaac Avilucea |

Imagine this scenario: An elementary student accompanies her father to a family wedding in another state hundreds of miles from a place experiencing a flu outbreak. The girl returns to Connecticut healthy and is ready to resume school when word spreads she visited a state in the vicinity of the outbreak. School officials, in an attempt to assuage the fears of teachers and parents of other students, order the girl to stay away from school for 21 days. If she shows up before that, police will remove her.

Vince McMahon

Stamford-based WWE Faces Class Action Over Concussion Claims

By Isaac Avilucea |

Stamford-based World Wrestling Entertainment used its muscle to market and "sell" violence to a euphoric fan base at the expense of the mental and physical health of its performers, according to a federal lawsuit filed by a former wrestler.

Salmun Kazerounian

Transgender Worker, Tenant Bring Discrimination Lawsuits

By Jay Stapleton |

In the three years since Connecticut enacted a law banning discrimination based on gender identity, there have been few formal complaints filed with the state's civil rights regulators.

Judge Dismisses GOP Challenge to Malloy Campaign Spending

By Jay Stapleton |

A Superior Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by the state Republican Party which sought to prevent Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy from using campaign funds that were initially contributed to Democratic congressional candidates.

Stamford Company Loses Trade Secrets Lawsuit

By Christian Nolan |

A Waterbury judge has determined that an employee at a company that made corporate training products did not steal trade secrets from his former employer, which runs a similar enterprise.

Gay Teacher Files Federal Discrimination Lawsuit

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

A former Hartford elementary school teacher alleges she was forced to quit her job after school administrators mistreated her when they found out she was married to a woman.

Law Firm Sued for Fishing for Clients Via Text

By Jay Stapleton |

Text messages, the communication method of choice for good friends and close contacts of the "me" generation, may not be the first thing that comes to mind when a law firm looks to catch the attention of potential clients. But one New York firm reportedly used mass-text messages to alert people about a recent court settlement, in hopes of gaining new clients.

Family Sues After Ebola Fears Lead District to Ban Student

By Isaac Avilucea |

The parents of a Milford elementary student are suing Milford school district for discrimination after they say "rumors" propagated by concerned school officials about whether their daughter had Ebola effectively imposed a "disability" on her.

Ken Krayeske

Activist Lawyer's Latest Battle is Against Minor League Ballpark

By Isaac Avilucea |

Ken Krayeske has been called a pseudo-journalist, political provocateur, professional rabble-rouser and publicity hound.

Dan Krisch

Dan Krisch: Child Abuse Case Highlights Role of Cross-Examination

By Dan Krisch |

Cross-examination, as Winston Churchill said of democracy, is the worst method for getting at the truth, except for all those other methods that have been tried from time to time.

Russian Billionaire Prevails in Conn. Lawsuit Alleging Wife Beatings

By Christian Nolan |

A Russian billionaire who was sued by his ex-wife who claimed that he beat her on numerous occasions was vindicated in a defense verdict rendered by a Waterbury Superior Court jury.

The Best: Law Tribune Readers Choose Top Legal Vendors

Welcome to the results of our tenth annual Connecticut Law Tribune readers’ poll, in which our readers have cast their votes for the best providers of services and goods to the legal profession.

Conn. Attorney General Candidates Represent Wide Range of Ideologies

By Jay Stapleton |

One thing about the three candidates for Connecticut attorney general: No one can call them clones.

Mystery Woman Found, And Rare Court Ruling Must Be Revisited

By Christian Nolan |

A mystery regarding the whereabouts of a wealthy German woman named Petra Baumgartner seems to have been solved.

Yale Law School Dean Robert Post, left, introduces Justices Samuel Alito, Sandra Sotomayer and Clarence Thomas, while former Dean Karen Stith, right, moderates a panel discussion in Yale’s Woolsey Hall.

Three Justices Reveal Personal Details During Yale Visit

By Thomas B. Scheffey |

U.S. Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Sonia Sotomayor didn't return to Yale just to reminisce about their law school years, though there was more than a little bit of that.

IP Dispute Divides Pizza-Making Family

By Isaac Avilucea |

A long-standing legal rift involving a West Haven family turns on a central question: Did Robert Zuppardi rip off the brand of his sisters' pizzeria? The case is before U.S. District Judge Robert Chatigny in New Haven, who recently issued a ruling limiting the scope of the dispute.

Ex-UPS Worker Fights State's Attempt to Limit Workers' Comp Benefits

By Christian Nolan |

In a case that could affect the way future workers' compensation disputes are decided in Connecticut, a former United Parcel Service worker argues that he is entitled to full coverage for his carpal tunnel syndrome and related disabilities even though his condition may have been the result of a nonwork-related preexisting condition.


Gideon: Prosecutors Should Face Same Sanctions as Defense Attorneys

By Gideon |

On a recent day, in a Connecticut courtroom, something unprecedented happened: after a jury returned a guilty verdict in a trial, the judge, from the bench, suspended the defense lawyer for 20 days from the practice of law, for twice violating a court order.

Ira Mayo

Officials Seek Five-Year Disbarment for Torrington Attorney

By Isaac Avilucea |

Suspended Torrington attorney Ira Mayo said at a hearing last week he misunderstood a court order banning him from ever again representing female clients. Disciplinary officials said the order was clear. And now they want Mayo disbarred for five years.

Why Should On-the-Job Injuries Trump Pregnancy?

By Gary Phelan |

At 6 ½ months into her pregnancy, Armanda Legros was told by her doctor that she had to avoid heavy lifting. Her manager at the armored truck company where she worked sent her home indefinitely and without pay.

Robert C. Hinton

The Affordable Care Act's 'Pay or Play' Mandate

By Robert C. Hinton |

Many employers are contemplating cutting their workforce mix to minimize costs under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) because of one of the most controversial provisions of the ACA: Section 1513, informally known as the "play or pay" mandate.

Richard Hayber

Trends in Wage and Hour Class Actions

By Richard E. Hayber |

Two recent rulings from judges in the District of Connecticut illustrate the rules by which class actions alleging violations of wage and hour laws are certified.

Robert G. Brody and Alexander Friedman

Must I Really Consider All Accommodations?

By Robert G. Brody and Alexander Friedman |

What are your obligations when an employee requests an accommodation? Hearing an employee make such a request can send a chill down the spine of many an employer, conjuring up images of intricate, convoluted concessions or the specter of protracted litigation.

Armel Jacobs and Caroline Park

A Supersized Announcement by the NLRB

By Armel Jacobs and Caroline Park |

Franchisors be warned: the National Labor Relations Board is poised to expand its long-established joint employer standard, a change that would make it easier for unions to successfully argue that a joint employer relationship exists between a franchisee and franchisor, or between a staffing agency and the companies for which it provides employees.

Pro-Union Rulings Hurt Employers and Employees Alike

By Ryan A. O'Donnell |

No matter the political affiliation of its members, the NLRB's rulings have generally sought to at least appear fair and judicious. A recent series of decisions, however, have signaled that the board is assuming a new role: partisan policymaker.